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9/17/2015     11:00am

The Hancock County Commissioners are considering a proposal to impose a 3% hospitality tax on area hotels and motels. If passed, the tax would benefit the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts and the Hancock County Fairgrounds. Commissioner Brian Robertson says that it was important to find ways to benefit all aspects of the community and not just one or the other.

Audio: Brian Robertson

While many of the hotels and motels in the community are not in favor of the tax, Robertson says that the feedback that he has been getting on the proposal has been mostly positive. He says it’s something that is in place in other communities.

Audio: Brian Robertson

If implemented, the 3% hospitality tax would benefit the new Marathon Center for the Performing Arts and the Hancock County Fairgrounds who are looking to built a banquet hall on the grounds.

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9/17/15 – 10:57 A.M.

The cost of clearing logjams from a Blanchard River tributary is going to cost more than originally thought. A letter sent to the Hancock County Commissioners from the Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District in July gave an update on the clearing process in Ottawa Creek. The letter states 8 miles of the waterway had been cleared at a cost of more than $19,900. The letter also stated that an additional $35,000 was needed to clear the remaining 12.5 miles of the project.

That could be an issue because the extra funds would push the project over the $50,000 threshold. At that point the project must be publicly bid on. The original scope of the project did not require public bidding.

The commissioners addressed the letter during their Thursday meeting, but did not take action.

The work done so far has removed 22 leaning trees and a total of 27 logjams.

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9/17/15 – 7:21 A.M.

A large road construction project in Fostoria is getting closer to completion. The Review-Times reports the final strip of the base of the roadway for Stearns Road is being laid this week. Over the next few weeks two more layers of asphalt will be added.

Stearns Road is being widened to allow commercial vehicles to drive between State Route 199 an U.S. 23 easier. The work should wrap up next month.

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9/17/15 – 7:15 A.M.

The Arcadia school district is looking into getting a new school bus. The Courier reports the school board talked about the state of its bus fleet during a Wednesday meeting. A new bus would likely cost around $85,000. No action was taken, but the district will get quotes.

The last time the school district bought a new bus was two years ago. Arcadia officials they have another bus that needs body work.

MORE: The Courier

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9/17/15 – 6:51 A.M.

The Findlay Health Department will start its flu vaccination program next week. Shots will be available starting September 25 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. as well as between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Shot clinics will also be offered on October 16, 23, 26, and 30; as well as November 6.

Evening flu shot clinics will be offered from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on October 15 and from 2 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on October 22.

The Findlay Health Department is located at 1644 Tiffin Avenue, Suite A.

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9/17/15 – 5:26 A.M.

The McComb school district is in the early stages of looking into renovating the current school building, or possibly building new facilities. The Courier reports school board members have asked the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to give information about the building project process. Superintendent Meri Skilliter called it, “only the very beginning of the conversation.”

The facilities commission is expected to provide several hypothetical timelines for the district. The commission has said the state would provide around 53 percent of the funding for a new building.

Building projects were rejected in McComb in 2007 and 2008. Skilliter says the school board wants information from the state should they decide to propose a building project again.

MORE: The Courier

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9/17/15 – 5:15 A.M.

A two-car crash injured two Findlay residents near Rawson Wednesday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the collision happened on County Road 54, east of Union Township Road 42, around 4:50 p.m.

22-year-old Jake Fox was driving southwest on Road 54 when he lost control on a curve, went left of center, and hit a car driven by 21-year-old Christopher Cameron. Cameron was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries. Fox was treated at the scene of the crash.

The incident remains under investigation.

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9/17/15 – 5:07 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum has named its newest tugboat after the city of Findlay. The Courier reports that Marathon officials and Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik christened the M/V Findlay on the Ohio River earlier this month.

The 110-foot vessel is capable of pushing up to eight barges. The boat will be used to move gasoline and diesel along the Ohio River.

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9/17/15 – 4:59 A.M.

A Findlay man convicted of killing his infant son is appealing his sentence. The Courier reports Jerrod Hartman has filed notice that he will appeal his 14-year prison term. The notice of appeal was filed last week in the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Lima. Court documents do not show the basis of the appeal.

In August, Hartman was sentenced to eight years in prison on an involuntary manslaughter conviction. He was also given six years for endangering children. Hartman pleaded guilty to both charges in July.

The case stemmed from the October 2013 death of 6-week-old James Hartman.

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9/16/15 – 7:14 A.M.

A Lima woman barricaded herself in her home Tuesday night after firing shots out of a window. The Lima News reports the incident was first reported around 6:45 p.m. in the 1900 block of Wales Avenue.

A police officer was able to convince the woman to come out by talking to her through a speaker mounted on a robot.

The woman hasn’t been publicly identified. So far there’s no word on what started the incident.

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